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Testing of an anti-soiling coating for PV module cover glass

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posted on 07.08.2018, 08:27 by Kenan Isbilir, Fabiana Lisco, Gerald Womack, Ali AbbasAli Abbas, Michael WallsMichael Walls
Soiling of solar module cover glass can significantly reduce the module power output. Coatings can be applied to the cover glass surface to reduce adhesion and make the surfaces easier to clean. These coatings should be resilient and resistant to environmental damage. A hydrophobic anti-soiling coating was exposed to a variety of environmental and abrasion stress tests. The hydrophobic performance of the coating was measured by monitoring the water contact angle and the water roll off angle after exposure to a range of environmental and mechanical stress tests. The coating was shown to be highly resistant to damp heat and thermal cycling. However, it was degraded by UV exposure and damaged during abrasion tests. The coating was also exposed to outdoor testing to compare the laboratory results with real performance degradation.

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion-7

Citation

ISBILIR, K. ... et al, 2018. Testing of an anti-soiling coating for PV module cover glass. IN: Proceedings of the 7th WCPEC - 45th IEEE PVSC Conference, Waikoloa, Hawaii, US, 10-15 June 2018, pp.3426-3431.

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© IEEE

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Acceptance date

29/06/2018

Publication date

2018

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ISBN

9781538685297

ISSN

0160-8371

Language

en

Location

Waikoloa, Hawaii, US